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Archives for April 2014

Dr. Maura Heyn

Photo of Dr. Maura HeynDr. Maura Heyn (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation for the project “Provincial Life, Roman Death? The Funerary Portraiture of Palmyra.”

Dr. Tara T. Green

Photo of Dr. Tara T. GreenDuring Spring Break, Dr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies) gave a talk titled “Love in the Time of the Obamas” at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies. Also, in her last year as English area representative for the College Language Association, she organized more than 100 papers for panel presentations at the New Orleans conference held March 25-28. She also became president of the Langston Hughes Society when the society met at the College Language Association.

See/Hear: April 16, 2014

Take a look back at the 2013 UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge. The scoreboard said the faculty won, but in reality – with more than 2,000 pounds of animal food donated plus many other items – the animal shelter was the real winner. Come out to the 2014 event Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. – and bring a few items for the shelter. Help “fill the truck.”

2014 Excellence Awards for UNCG Faculty and Staff

Photo of the recipients at the close of the ceremonyIt’s an exciting time of year, Chancellor Linda P. Brady told those gathered in the EUC Auditorium the morning of April 4. “A time to recognize the scholarship and service of faculty, staff and students.”

More than a dozen awards were presented at the 2014 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony. Service pins recipients were recognized as well.

These outstanding faculty and staff really do reflect the outstanding work throughout the university, she said.

30 year service pin recipients:
Dr. Rebecca Adams
Lennie Alexander
Patricia Bowden
Dr. Julie Brown
Deloris Davis
Ralice Gertz
Cathy Griffith
Timothy Johnston
Dr. Susan Keane
Jo Leimenstoll
Liz Meeks
James Turner
Dr. Jerry Walsh
Dr. Nicholas Williamson

35 year service pins:
Dr. William Karper
Dr. Elizabeth Lacey
Dr. Stephen Layson
Dr. Paul Mazgaj
Sharon Nash-Sellars
Wallace Perdue
Connie Prater
Mark Schumacher
Dawn Wyrick

40 year service pins:
Dr. Joshua Hoffman
John Maggio
Cathy Roberts
Dr. William Tullar
Dr. Jerry Vaughan

Dr. Jane Harris – Katherine H. Taylor Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Ye He – Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Wayne Journell – James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Robin Maxwell – Anna Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Bruce Kirchoff – UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Kelly Rowett-James – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Jim Clark – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Yuliana Rodriguez – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Dr. Michael McIntosh – O. Max Gardner Award

Dr. Jennifer Etnier – Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Michael Kane – Research Excellence Award
Dr. Paul Silvia – Research Excellence Award

Melissa Barnes – Staff Excellence Award
Paige Morris – Staff Excellence Award

Bachelor of Arts Program in Media Studies – Student Learning Enhancement Award (Dr. Kimberlianne Podlas accepted for the program.)
Department of Human Development and Family Studies – Student Learning Enhancement Award (Dr. Mark Fine and Dr. Kathleen Williams accepted for the department.)

Christine Fischer – Supervisory Recognition Award
Jacqueline Dozier – Supervisory Recognition Award

Visuals: Dr. Ye He and Chancellor Brady. The recipients at the close of the ceremony.
Photography by David Wilson.

Chancellor presents provisional UNCG budget plan for 2014-15

Photo from budget meeting with Chancellor BradyIt appears that about 120 positions and/or personnel will be affected by UNCG’s budget cuts for next year.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady presented the provisional budget reduction plan to UNCG Faculty Senate on April 2.

The university is planning for a reduction of more than $12 million in the 2014-15 budget. The impact will be felt in a range of ways, from the number of class sections to student services, from facilities repairs and renovations to ITS response time, she explained.

In the past two months, she has consulted with Executive Staff, Deans Council, Academic department heads, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, the Budget Sounding Board, the Student Government Association and the Board of Trustees about the plan. At the meeting last week, she presented responses to the main concerns and suggestions that she has heard.

One concern was that the proposed cut to Academic Affairs was too high.

She has reduced the cut assigned to Academic Affairs by about $1 million. An additional $1 million in cuts is now assigned to other units and divisions.

She presented the allocation of reductions across the divisions:
Academic Affairs: $9,332,801
Student Affairs: $513,570
Office of Research and Economic Development: $201,972
Total Provost Area: $10,048,343
Information Technology Services: $652,183
University Advancement: $212,686
Business Affairs: $1,591,398
Chancellor: $195,827
Gateway University Research Park: $100,000

Total: $12,800,437

For context, she showed reductions from 2007-08 to 2013-14, considering net cuts and campus-initiated tuition increase funds and enrollment change funds. Academic Affairs’ budget has risen some, by $985,000. Business Affairs has seen cuts of almost $2 million. ITS has lost $1,275,000. Student Affairs has been cut by $449,000.

This month, the university will be in communication with employees subject to Reduction in Force. “We want to place as many as possible at UNCG,” she said, as the university has done during previous cuts.

She will update faculty at the General Faculty meeting April 23, and she will also provide an update at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 30. She noted there may be an adjustment to the cuts this summer based on General Assembly actions in May and June.

More information – including the chancellor’s PowerPoint presentation on April 2 – is available at the UNCG Budget Central web site.

By Mike Harris

Spartan Village dedication April 24 at plaza

Photo of Spartan VillageChancellor Linda P. Brady invites the entire UNCG community to join her April 24, as the university begins a new phase of campus life.

A ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating Spartan Village will begin on the Forest Street side of the new pedestrian underpass on Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. A procession through the underpass will immediately follow, culminating in a party on the plaza on the Lee Street side.

Enjoy music, refreshments and tours of the new Spartan Village residence halls until 4 p.m.

Three of these residence halls opened in August. One opened in January. They accommodate about 800 students.

The underpass, a collaborative effort between UNCG and the North Carolina Railroad Company, creates a new gateway at UNCG.

As the underpass opened last week, Fred Patrick, director of Facilities Design and Construction, noted it will facilitate safer pedestrian and bicycle connections between the core of the campus and Spartan Village. The project required relocating the vehicular entrances off Forest Street to Oakland Avenue for access to the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, he added. UNCG’s recently updated Master Plan illustrates plans for enhanced pedestrian flow north from the underpass along the Forest Street corridor, with benches and landscaping.

UNCG’s Jazz Festival will feature Nash, Gardner

Photo of past a Jazz PerformanceUNCG’s Miles Davis Jazz Festival 2014 will feature student arrangements of Blue Note music, a seminal jazz record company.

The festival will be Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m., in Aycock Auditorium.

Drummer Lewis Nash and trombonist Vincent Gardner will join the UNCG Jazz Faculty and UNCG Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Chad Eby.

Tickets will be $10 adults, $6 for seniors and students. Purchase them at the door, or reserve tickets online at MilesDavisFestival.BrownPaperTickets.com


Photo of dancer from the Doug Elkins Dance CompanyThe irreverent DOUG ELKINS comes to UNCG with a merry band of dancers, actors and clowns to explore the sharp intersections between physical comedy, choreography, flirtation and romance in his latest work “Hapless Bizarre.”

The final offering of this year’s UNCG Performing Arts Series will be Wednesday, April 9, 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Expect near misses of physical action and attraction with high flying kicks and turns in a new work paired with “Mo(or)town/Redux”. Set to a top 40 sound score, Mo(or)town pays homage to Jose Limon’s 1949 “Moor’s Pavane”, which was based on Shakespeare’s “Othello.”

Elkins is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer. He got his start in the early ‘80s as a “B-boy” dancing in the New York hip hop club scene. Before founding his first company Doug Elkins Dance Company (1988-2004), Elkins apprenticed with both Bill T. Jones and Elizabeth Streb. A 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Elkins’ informal dance background lends itself to his eclectic mix of hip-hop, martial arts, ballet, and modern dance.

Special ticket pricing is available to UNCG dance alumni. An alumni reception will be held following the performance. Contact Jeff Aguiar at jbaguiar@uncg.edu for more information.

Tickets may be purchased at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7522385.

Call for FTLC Teaching Fellow for Undergraduate Research

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons (FTLC) and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) seek a UNCG faculty member to serve as Teaching Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Potential applicants interested in this opportunity should submit responses to the following questions as a word document to FTLC@uncg.edu by April 26, 2014.

  1. Name, Department, Unit, Department Chair.
  2. Describe your teaching philosophy, particularly around integrating research into the curriculum.
  3. What interests you about working with the FTLC and URSCO to provide faculty development related to participation with undergraduate research?
  4. What most interests you about working with undergraduates in a mentoring relationship?
  5. Describe your experience working with undergraduate research.
  6. Please provide one reference.

The FTLC promotes a collaborative community of scholars to enhance teaching, learning, research, and creative activity. The goal of the FTLC Fellows program is to identify, support and disseminate new ideas and pedagogical practices in specific areas by connecting teaching expertise with UNCG faculty—and all those who teach. Fellows are the heart and soul of the FTLC.

Expectations for all FTLC fellows include:

  • Monthly meetings and activity reports, participation at FTLC events, and recruiting and connecting with other faculty about teaching.
  • Compensation for individual Fellows varies depending upon particular needs and situations. For example, previously compensation has taken the form of add pay, course release, or professional development funds.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Ramsey at bhramsey@uncg.edu or Lee Phillips at plphilli@uncg.edu


SOE events in April

UNCG’s School of Education has several events for the campus community in the coming weeks:

The HERP Project Earth Day Community Celebration
The HERP Project will host a free Earth Day Community Celebration on Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Burlington City Park. Storytelling, hiking adventures, live animals, arts and crafts and other family fun activities will take place. For additional information, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/The-HERP-Project-Celebration-Flyer-2014.pdf.

American Sign Language Idol
American Sign Language Idol, sponsored by the Specialized Education Services department of the UNCG School of Education, will take place Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. This year’s theme is ‘The Motown Era!’ featuring students performing popular songs in ASL from Motown greats such as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. Admission is $5 ($3 for children ages 6-12; free admission for children ages 5 and under. Money from ticket sales and donations will go to help our Deaf-Blind friends attend Camp Dogwood.

For more information, please visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ASL-Idol-Flier-2014.pdf.

‘Understanding your students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing’ (A workshop on Deaf Education)
A workshop on classroom topics related to students with hearing loss, presented by Deaf Education majors, will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120. The workshop is free; RSVP to m_harker@uncg.edu. For more details on topics covered during the workshop, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Deaf-ed-workshop-flyer-.pdf.

HED Doctoral Colloquium
The first annual Higher Education Doctoral Colloquium featuring Dr. Ralph Soney, vice president of corporate and continuing learning at GTCC, will be held on Wednesday, April 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 401. For more information and to register for the Colloquium, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/LESJ-Colloquium.pdf.

Course Reserves due for summer, fall terms

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists for summer are due Wednesday, May 7; for fall, Friday, Aug.1, 2014. Requests to renew spring lists for summer and/or fall are due by Wednesday, May 7.

Before placing a film on reserve for your students, check out Swank’s Digital Campus and the Libraries’ other streaming film sources. Also, the Libraries offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see the e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

GEMS seeks entrepreneurial college students for mentoring program

A mentoring program for college students in Greensboro who are interested in starting their own businesses is accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. The program, Growing Entrepreneurs by Mentoring Students (GEMS), is managed by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG.

Through a competitive application process, up to 20 top entrepreneurial students will be selected this spring and matched one-on-one with experienced entrepreneurs who will serve as mentors. The program starts in the fall and runs through the 2014-2015 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, April 18, and applications may be sent to ncec@uncg.edu. More information can be found at http://ncec.uncg.edu.

In addition to one-on-one mentoring, the program will include dinners and other activities to encourage networking and information sharing among mentors and students. Thanks to generous support from the community, there is no cost for either students or mentors to participate in the program.

By Betsi Robinson

Full story at UNCG Now.

Turning Bog Garden and Greene St. Deck into dance stages

Photo of dancers at bog gardenDucks waded. A doctoral music student fiddled. And a huge owl looked on as more than a dozen UNCG dancers made the trails and boardwalk of the Bog Garden their own dance space.

The site-specific production last weekend was choreographed by UNCG MFA student Caroline Althof, in collaboration with the performers.

Later in the day, police blocked off Washington Street in downtown for the production of another of her MFA thesis projects – at the downtown Greene Street Parking garage. An even larger crowd, about 80-100 plus some surprised passersby, took in the unique performance by a cast of mostly different performers.

Details, photos and video clips are at https://www.facebook.com/events/285619358255697/

Both productions will be repeated this Sunday, April 13. Be at the Bog Garden at 2 p.m. and Greene Street Parking Deck at 8 p.m. for unique dance experiences.

Photography of Bog Garden production by Meg Harris

Take PWP and enter to win an iPad

Take the new Online Personal Wellness Profile at no cost to you, and be entered to win an iPad.

Simply complete the online PWP between April 1, 2014, and April 30, 2014.

This opportunity is only available to UNCG faculty and staff.

The Personal Wellness Profile is part of a university initiative. At the time you take it you will be asked to participate in a voluntary research study. You do not need to be in the study to participate in HealthyUNCG programs or to be entered in the drawing.

To take the online PWP or for more information, visit healthy.uncg.edu

If you have any questions regarding HealthyUNCG or the PWPs please email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu

‘Vagina Monologues” at Curry Auditorium

After a four year hiatus at UNCG, “The Vagina Monologues” returns, for three shows only, April 11 and 12. UNCG students and staff will perform popular monologues like “The Angry Vagina,” “The Flood,” and “Hair.” The production is open to the general public.

Written and first produced by Eve Ensler, the play is a collection of monologues about women’s experiences, based on hundreds of interviews. The play explores women’s experiences with sensuality, pleasure, discomfort, and violence. Ensler co-founded V-Day, an organization committed to global efforts against violence against women and girls.

Shows are in Curry Auditorium, on Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. General admission; doors open 30 minutes before show-time and free parking is available behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

A $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds from tickets and merchandise go to Clara House and V-Day Campaign.

The play is sponsored by Housing & Residence Life Social Justice & Diversity Initiatives, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Residence Hall Association.

For more information, contact Krista Prince at k_prince@uncg.edu

Triad BioNight Gala – nominate a biotechnology leader

Triad BioNight, a premier event for our region’s biotechnology community, takes place Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons. The biannual gathering of hundreds of leaders from academia, industry, and government celebrates the success and impact of life sciences in our area. The big night honors leaders in the community with Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Excellence Awards.

BioNight co-chair Dr. Lisa Goble, licensing and research policy officer for the UNCG Office of Innovation Commercialization, encourages you to nominate deserving colleagues for the Excellence Awards. Says Goble, “Nominations allow peers and community members to recognize outstanding performance in biotechnology development and professionalism in the Piedmont Triad region. Anyone can nominate individuals and organizations for these awards by submitting a simple 50- to 150-word statement by April 18.”

The Advisory Committee, along with the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, hosts the BioNight event. This year, UNCG’s Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, joins the committee. “The partnership between UNCG and NC Biotech has been a long and fruitful one, supporting the creation of new knowledge, innovation, and economic development in our community and state,” said Shelton. “I am honored to be asked to serve on the advisory board to continue to expand this successful partnership and the work of both entities.”

By Sangeetha Shivaji

Full story at UNCG Research & Economic Development site.

Hey, that diary is my great grandmother’s

Did you read the feature in the News & Record on a Greensboro College student’s pre-Civil War diary? It was performed as a play last weekend.

Barry Miller in UNCG Libraries read reporter John Newsom’s piece with great interest. He knew the subject, Mary Elizabeth, was his great-grandmother.

He went with family members to see the play last weekend.

Greensboro College owns the diary. Miller has something he himself treasures. “I have typed copies of the adult Mary Elizabeth’s handwritten letters to her own daughter about 1900,” he told Campus Weekly.

See Newsom’s N&R story: http://m.news-record.com/news/article_7dc8fc56-ba17-11e3-9329-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm

and his blog post about the diary: http://www.news-record.com/blogs/the_syllabus/article_7822b63c-ba7d-11e3-9c8d-0017a43b2370.html

Paul Mason will oversee marketing, strategic communication

Photo of Paul MasonPaul Mason, a strategic communications executive with extensive experience with a number of Triad-area companies, has joined UNCG as associate vice chancellor for marketing and strategic communication.

Mason most recently served as global communications director for TE Connectivity in Winston-Salem. He also has held strategic communication leadership roles with VF Corporation and Jefferson-Pilot in Greensboro, as well as with Wachovia, Duke Energy and Johnson Controls.

Mason has held a seat on the UNCG Bryan MBA Business Advisory Council and with the university’s Human Environmental Sciences Foundation.

As associate vice chancellor, Mason will serve as the university’s senior marketing and strategic communication professional and lead the University Relations team, which has responsibility for internal communications, public relations, marketing, web design and content, and social media. The University Relations team works closely with other marketing and communication professionals across UNCG to advance the university’s reputation locally and nationally.

Mason will report to Chancellor Linda P. Brady. Brady said Mason’s broad range of experience across the communication spectrum provides a strong fit for the role.

“UNCG is happy to welcome Paul Mason,” Brady said. “His breadth of experience, which includes marketing, communications and public relations, in both the corporate sector and higher education, makes him an ideal strategic communication leader for this university as it continues to grow and evolve.”

Mason holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. He also has been a journalism fellow at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Missouri.

Mason has been involved with a number of local organizations, including United Way of Greater Greensboro, the American Heart Association, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Guilford Merchants Association and the Better Business Bureau of Central North Carolina. He chaired the North Carolina Council on Economic Education and was a founding board member of the Guilford Education Alliance.

Mason and his wife, Claudia, have two daughters, Carson, 17, a high school junior studying contemporary dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and Kendall, 14, a rising freshman at Weaver Academy in Greensboro.

By Michelle Hines

Looking ahead: April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

NC Science Festival, with JSNN tours and demonstrations
Thursday, April 10, 9 a.m., JSNN Building, Lee Street

Panel discussions, Harriet Elliott Lecture Series
Thursday, April 10, 12:30 p.m., Graham, Rooms 307-8.

Spring dances
Friday, April 11, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

UNCG International Festival
Saturday, April 12, noon, College Avenue

Softball vs. Western Carolina (CHD-focus weekend)
Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m.

UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

EUC Reservations Office Books open April 11

The EUC reservation books will open on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 10 a.m., for events and meetings your department would like to hold in EUC and other campus spaces (College Avenue, Foust Park, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn).

Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The Reservations Office will confirm room requests in the order in which they receive them.

The reservation books for the EUC display cases, as well as the indoor railing and the outdoor banner space at the EUC, also will open on April 11. For more information, contact the EUC Reservations Office at 334-5378.

Lecture on Puerto Rico’s literature

Dr. Janette Becerra will speak on “Writing from The Pearl of the Caribbean: Puerto Rico’s Literature as a Floating Frontier.” The talk will be Monday, April 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge (3501), MHRA Building.

Becerra is a Puerto Rican writer who has received several international awards. She is a poet, a short story writer, playwright, and professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Her latest book “Doce versiones de soledad” is a collection of short stories that cover a wide range of topics from women’s issues to immigration, among others.

The talk is sponsored by Global Village, International Programs Center, and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. For more information contact Dr. Carmen T. Sotomayor @ctsotoma@uncg.edu

Memo from UNC GA: Spending Guidelines for remainder of fiscal year

The following memo was sent by UNC system Chief Operating Officer Charlie Perusse to UNC system chief finance officers on April 2, 2014. It was posted to the UNCG Budget Central web site last week. (To subscribe to budget updates via email, visit https://budgetcentral.uncg.edu/ and see “Email Notifications.”)


Final blood drive of semester

UNCG’s Elliott University Center will host its fourth and final Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2013-14 academic year on Tuesday April 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative. Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. You may contact Kathleen McGirty, kmmcgirt@uncg.edu, with any questions.

Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Saturday free spring clean up

Guilford County residents may dispose of household hazardous waste for free at the annual Spring Cleanup April 12, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. It will be held in the UNCG Park & Ride lot, 1720 West Lee Street.

The items accepted include appliances, stoves, refrigerators, washers, air conditioners, water heaters, microwaves, paint and supplies, pesticides, antifreeze, motor oil and oil filters, cleaners, batteries, household and garden chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, electronic waste such as computers, televisions, electronic games and toys, cell phones, VHS and DVD players, stereo equipment and any other household items with a microchip or a plug, personal documents for shredding (maximum of 5 boxes per vehicle), and tires. This annual event provides FREE services while helping raise public awareness about safe, responsible disposal of hazardous materials. The event is also designed to assist the community in complying with the North Carolina landfill bans that apply to tires, large appliances, antifreeze, lead acid batteries, used oil filters, computer equipment and televisions.

NC Writers’ Network conference at UNCG April 12

On-site registration for the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Spring Conference will be open 8-9 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the MHRA Building. The conference offers a full day of workshops, panels, conversations, and more. UNCG’s Creative Writing Program is a co-sponsor of the conference. Detail are at http://www.ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-35-09/network-news/5385-on-site-registration-available-for-2014-spring-conference.

Dr. Maria Sanchez

Photo of Dr. Maria SanchezDr. Maria Sanchez (English) received new funding from the Harvard University W.E.B DuBois Research Institute for the project “The Imagination of Slavery: The US, Mexico, and the Writing of Enslavement and Empire.” This is a study of US and Mexican 19th century literature regarding slavery and abolition.

Dr. Geoff Bailey

Photo of Dr. Geoff BaileyDr. Geoff Bailey (Student Success Center) delivered an invited pre-conference workshop for the Association of the Tutoring Profession annual conference. The workshop, titled “Technological resources for the modern learning center: Online, offline, and on the go,” focused on developing strategic plans for incorporating key technologies in the operations of learning centers, as well as best practices for utilizing technologies in serving students and facilitating administrative operations. Additionally, he presented a concurrent session at the same conference titled “Bring it on! Infusing dynamic, low-cost, meaningful activities into tutor trainings.” At the conference, Bailey was appointed to the Board of Directors as the 2014-15 co-chair for the professional development committee.


Dr. Patricia Gray (Music) and Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) will speak at TEDxGreensboro May 8. Alumna Zim Ugochukwu will be among the speakers as well. A full list of speakers is at http://tedxgreensboro.com/2014-speakers.

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins

Photo of Dr. Christopher HodgkinsDr. Christopher Hodgkins (English/Atlantic World Research Network) spoke at Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Library for the April 3-5 conference celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday, “Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography.” He joined Barbara Lewalski of Harvard University and Andrew Hadfield of the University of Sussex for the opening panel on “Literary Biography,” discussing old and new biographies of George Herbert, John Donne, Edmund Spenser and John Milton. Hodgkins presentation was titled “What’s Your Angle? The Problematic Biographies of Izaak Walton.”

On April 11, Hodgkins will make a pilgrimage to Canterbury to serve as master of ceremonies at the launch celebration for The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and the Arts, edited by Stephen Prickett, to which Hodgkins has contributed his essay “Biblical and 17th-Century Poetry: The Case of the Psalms and George Herbert.”

Hodgkins is the co-editor of “The Digital Temple,” the born-digital edition of George Herbert’s poetry.

Bonita Brown

Photo of Bonita BrownBonita Brown (Chancellor’s Office) contributed a chapter to the recently published book “Managing the Unthinkable: Crisis Preparation and Response for Campus Leaders.” The chapter, “Shelter in the Time of Storm,” is about her experience leading a university in simultaneously hosting three shelters for those affected by hurricanes in 2008. More information is at http://stylus.styluspub.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=360469

Maggie Gillespie

Photo of Maggie GillespieMaggie Gillespie received the Evelyn A. Wallington Advisor of the Year award at the annual regional business meeting for the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. The award recognizes outstanding service by an individual advisor who has gone above and beyond their job description while serving in an advising capacity to a residence hall leadership group. The award is for the SAACURH (South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) Region, which includes all of the residence hall associations on all of the campuses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Gillespie is a second-year coordinator for residence life in Cone Residence Hall. She also serves as one of the advisors to the Residence Hall Association.

Dr. Terry Nile

Photo of Dr. Terry NileDr. Terry Nile (professor emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) received the first Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. It was presented at the recent Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo. Nile has mentored over 200 undergraduate students during his career at UNCG and continues this tradition in retirement with nine working by his side this year.

Dr. Rosemary Wander

Photo of Dr. Rosemary WanderDr. Rosemary Wander (former UNCG associate provost for research) received recognition at at the recent Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo. She was recognized for her outstanding vision, leadership and dedication to faculty-mentored undergraduate research.

Dr. Claudia M. Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia M. PagliaroDr. Claudia M. Pagliaro (Specialized Education Services) presented a keynote lecture at the First International Conference on Teaching Deaf Learners. The conference, which took place in Amsterdam, drew more than 265 participants from around the world, including professionals from six continents. Pagliaro’s lecture was titled “Building Numeracy with Deaf Materials.”

See/hear: April 9, 2014

UNCG’s International Festival will be this Saturday (April 12) on College Avenue, beginning at noon. As a preview, enjoy this video clip of highlights from an earlier year.